The Saiga Conservation Alliance (SCA) is committed to saving the critically endangered saiga antelope from imminent extinction. We are a long-standing network of scientists and conservationists who work across saiga range states on grassroots projects informed by sound science. At the SCA we believe in bringing stakeholders together to emphasize human needs and to act as a catalyst for sustainable conservation solutions.
As I am driven through Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, I see a city being rapidly developed. The Spring is late to arrive and the temperature is -9. There is snow piled everywhere and the river that passes through Astana is frozen solid, with people sat upon it, fishing through drilled holes in the ice. My first wildlife sightings are of the usual suspects – pigeons, gulls, crows and sparrows.
I am here to paint a mural depicting the wildlife of Kazakhstan’s steppe environment, with a particular focus on the saiga antelope – a comical-looking yet critically endangered species which originally inhabited a vast area of the Eurasian steppe zone.
We are thrilled to announce that People’s Trust for Endangered Species has just awarded the SCA a grant to carry out critically needed research into the most viable saiga population in Uzbekistan.
With an estimated resident population of only 500 saigas in Uzbekistan we are facing the very real risk of losing them from another of their traditional ranges.
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You will have seen our updates on the incredible people and teams who were honoured in the 2014 awards. Today we launch the search for the special individuals and teams who go the extra mile to protect saigas in our 2015 Award for Excellence in Saiga Protection
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